Bookmark Newsletter - Summer 2023 Edition

From the Dean's Desk

Dean Kristi Palmer head shot in front of white columns

Greetings University Library Friends, Supporters, and Colleagues,

This Spring we held our first annual (3 years in the making) Indiana Libraries and Literacy Symposium, welcoming school, public, and academic librarians, educators, policy makers, and community members from across Indiana to learn more about the deep intersection between Indiana libraries and literacy, in all its forms. The event was by all accounts a success, made possible through the generous support of the Herbert Simon Family Foundation.

The symposium couldn't come at a more pivotal time as both literacy and the freedom to read are at the forefront of librarian, educator, parent, and student minds in Indiana and across the nation. The intersection of libraries and literacy is foundational to each, and extends far beyond the literacy of reading, comprehension, and application of the written word. Libraries in all their forms, from the media centers of our K-12 schools, our cherished public libraries, academic libraries, and specialty libraries like the Law, Medical, Art, and Dentistry libraries on this campus and the Indiana State Library just a few blocks away, all provide access to essential space, tools, and expert services that enhance Hoosier's life-long literacy development. I have a vision for this annual symposium, with each year highlighting another literacy that libraries support. I see a year where financial literacy is at the fore and we hear from the Gary Public Library who holds a free financial literacy course called Get Fin Lit, the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. 

I envision a year focusing on visual literacy and visual thinking strategies, where educators with Newfields, Indiana's art museum use art to develop critical thinking, communication, and visual literacy skills in students of all ages. 

I envision a year where we ask Ben Davis High School Media Specialists to share how their Library's digital MakerSpace supports students' ability to navigate our digital world combining reading, writing, technical skills and critical thinking. We know these skills are necessary not only for workforce development but also as they relate to digital forms of data literacy and news literacy, which are quickly becoming direly critical skills for interpreting our often overwhelming media landscape.

Indiana's academic libraries are key agents in teaching college students metaliteracy described by the Association of College and Research Libraries in Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education as, "a renewed vision of information literacy; an overarching set of abilities in which students are both consumers and creators of information and who can participate successfully in collaborative spaces. Metaliteracy demands behavioral, affective, cognitive, and metacognitive engagement within a complex, dynamic information ecosystem" (2016). I've been considering AI a great deal the past few months with both apprehension and intrigue. Here's where I've settled this, at least for this week: if humans are to begin to place more common cognitive responses in the hands of machines then deep and purposeful development of our metaliteracy skills is core to our humanistic survival.

Equally important to a thriving population, health literacy and you guessed it, libraries are engaged here too. The Indianapolis Public Library has a Social Worker on staff, supporting community access to necessary social services including mental health. They also offer classes like, "Eating Well on a Budget." Many rural public libraries are now serving as telehealth locations. To quote Dr. Todd Burkhardt of the IU Center for Rural Engagement, "The great thing about libraries, they are a community hub, they're a trusted hub. There's no stigma at all associated with going to a library. "

Last year, in support of student civic literacy, IUPUI University Library became the first on campus voting location in our campus history. We also partnered with an IUPUI student group to host a Voting Party  where students could register to vote and learn how to use a voting machine. I am extremely proud of this accomplishment.

This year's symposium focused on the literacy of reading. We heard from a panel of family literacy experts including: Diane Rogers, Media Specialist at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center, Vice-President of the Indiana Library Federations; Ashley Mack-Jackson, Professor, Butler University School of Education, Co-founder of Word as Bond, and Poet; Suzanne Walker, Director of the Indiana State Library Young Readers Center; Jessica Neeb-Smith, Herbert Simon Family Early Literacy Specialist, Indianapolis Public Library; and Lindsey Walters, Elementary District Media Specialist Elkhart Community Schools, Indiana Library Federation Read Aloud Selector.

Indiana Secretary of Education, Dr. Katie Jenner shared about State and Lilly Endowment funded Science of Reading initiative. I believe in this initiative's ambitious and critically important goal that by 2027, 95% of third grade Hoosier students will be reading proficiently. I also believe that Indiana libraries providing free access to engaging library materials where each student can find themselves reflected will make this exciting goal possible. The presentation from Dr. Mary Biagini, whose work in part focuses on the positive connection between school libraries and children's reading scores, highlights the K-12 librarian's role in literacy attainment. 

Libraries across Indiana are taking up the mantel to ensure their communities' engagement in the life-long development of multiple literacies. I look forward to annually celebrating Indiana Libraries and Literacy. For a recap of the event, visit the Resource Page

If you have interest in supporting the development of 2024's Indiana Libraries and Literacy Symposium, focusing on Civic Literacy, please reach out at

Kristi L. Palmer
Herbert Simon Dean of IUPUI University Library


Spirit of Philanthropy


Congratulations to Library board member John Trypus on being this year's University Library honoree at the IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Awards. John's contributions include connecting IUPUI students to work opportunities at Citizens Energy Group and securing corporate sponsorship of the Library's student created Atrium sculpture.



Faculty & Staff Recognition

Our Library has some pretty awesome faculty & staff members that are constantly serving as leaders, not just at University Library, but also in the overall academic library world.  Please help us celebrate recent accomplishments by our some of our beloved faculty & staff members. 

See a complete list of recognitions.

Campus Involvement

  • Jennifer Price Mahoney is the recipient of the Library's 2023 Open Education Award.  
  • For Earth Day, University Library's seed library partnered with IUPUI's Residence Hall Association to host a planting workshop for students.
  • Earlier this year, the IUPUI institutional digital repository, ScholarWorks, archived item number 30,000. To mark this milestone, we interviewed the person who authored and uploaded the item, Jeremy Price, from the School of Education.
  • University Library said "Congratulations and Farewell" to graduating student employees at the first annual "Send Off Lunch with the Dean."
  • In an effort to improve the information that is on Wikipedia, University Library has been hosting Wikipedia edit-a-thon sessions. Led by Jere Odell, the edit-a-thons focus on a variety of topics including the Indianapolis, LGBTQ+ community, Indiana politics and government, Afrofuturism, and food deserts. These sessions are typically open to the community and are held at different venues throughout Indianapolis. For more information about upcoming edit-a-thons, please visit our Events page.
  • Are you, one of your family members, or  someone in your circle of friends connected to Jungclaus-Campbell Co. Inc.? If so, then you will want to SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming launch event of the Jungclaus digital history collection which will be held on Friday, November 3rd. More details will be sent closer to the event date.
  • Chair of our community board, Ashley Mack-Jackson was commissioned to write a poem about Indiana poet Etheridge Knight which she read at the unveiling of Mr. Knight's mural at the Chatterbox Jazz Club on Mass Ave.
Ashley MAck-Jackson reciting a poem with the Etheridge Knight mural in the background

Diversity Scholars Program Fund

The goal of the Diversity Scholars Program Fund is to help the library gain a more diverse perspective, by diversifying our student employee population. It also serves as a means of introducing the work of libraries and librarianship as a career to individuals who may not have otherwise considered this field.

Alumni Library Resources

Did you know that IU/IUPUI alumni still retain access to some library resources?

Seed Library

Are you an avid gardener or have recently been thinking about starting a container garden? If so, then we have seeds for you!





Library Hours

For our current hours of operation, please refer to our website.

Exterior view of the University Library

Library Cards for Residents

Residents of the State of Indiana aged 18 years or older can get an IUPUI University Library Borrower’s Card if they visit our Reference Desk to complete an Indiana Resident Library Card/User Agreement and provide a photo ID and proof of current address.  


Would you Like to Make a Gift?

If you are interested in making a gift to University Library, contact Tanika Scott (Director of Development) at 317-278-2322 or  You can also visit our Make A Gift page for additional information.

Photo Caption Contest 

Our monthly photo caption contest, put on by the IUPUI University Library Special Collections and Archives, is a chance to attach your funny captions to some of our favorite IUPUI photos from our huge collection. Each month, the funniest caption (as judged by the expert judges in Special Collections and Archives) wins a fabulous prize!  Click the button below to add your caption to this month’s photo and review previous months.